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Indoor Thermal Comfort Perception: A Questionnaire Approach Focusing on Children, ISBN-13: 978-3319366265

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Indoor Thermal Comfort Perception: A Questionnaire Approach Focusing on Children, ISBN-13: 978-3319366265

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  • Series: Springerbriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology
  • 316 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2015 edition (November 4, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3319366262
  • ISBN-13: 978-3319366265

 

Providing a methodology for evaluating indoor thermal comfort with a focus on children, this book presents an in-depth examination of children’s perceptions of comfort. Divided into two sections, it first presents a history of thermal comfort, the human body and environmental parameters, common thermal comfort indexes, and guidelines for creating questionnaires to assess children’s perceptions of indoor thermal comfort. It then describes their understanding of the concepts of comfort and energy, and the factors that influence that perception. In this context, it takes into account the psychological and pedagogical aspects of thermal comfort judgment, as well as architectural and environmental characteristics and equips readers with the knowledge needed to effectively investigate children’s perspectives on environmental ergonomics.

The research field of indoor thermal comfort adopts, on the one hand, physical parameter measurements and comfort indexes (e.g. Predicted Mean Vote (PMV) or adaptive comfort), and on the other, an ergonomic assessment in the form of questionnaires. However the latter can offer only limited insights into the issue of comfort, as children often use different terms than adults to convey their experience of thermal comfort. The books aims to address this lack of understanding with regard to children’s perceptions of indoor thermal comfort.

The book is intended for HVAC engineers and researchers, architects and researchers interested in thermal comfort and the built environment. It also provides a useful resource for environmental psychologists, medical and cognitive researchers.

About the Author

Arch. Kristian Fabbri has worked as architect and consultant on building energy performance, indoor environmental quality, human behaviour, heritage and energy management. He collaborated with Emilia-Romagna Region (Public Bodies) and SMEs trade and professional training organizations. He is Adjunct Professor in Environmental Physics Technique and Building Simulation, with the Architecture Department at University of Bologna. He has conducted research and issued publications in the same fields.

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